Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Yamaha CP4 Rebate
Yamaha CP4 Rebate
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
83 registered (AndreaS85, acortot, Allochi, 36251, 21 invisible), 1186 Guests and 17 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#651218 - 03/08/02 08:23 AM cleaning the strings
piqué Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/15/01
Posts: 5484
how does one safely clean piano strings? mine have some black spots on them after the piano's most recent servicing.
_________________________
piqué

now in paperback:


Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey

Top
(ad 568) PTG Convention 2015 Denver
PTG Convention July 15 to 18 Denver
#651219 - 03/08/02 08:39 AM Re: cleaning the strings
SamLewisPiano.com Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/19/01
Posts: 635
Loc: WHITE BLUFF (Nashville area) T...
Hi Pique- 0000 steel wool will work. Be careful not to use a lot of force if it was just tuned; you can de-tune the strings if you do that........Sam
_________________________
Since 1975; Full-time piano tuner/tech in Nashville;
Lacquer and polyester specialist.

www.SamLewisPiano.com

Top
#651220 - 03/08/02 12:56 PM Re: cleaning the strings
Brian Lawson, RPT Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/04/01
Posts: 647
Loc: South Africa
Other techs I know now recommend 3M abrasive pads (the white ones) in favour of steel wool (which has a certain oil content to it)
_________________________
Brian Lawson, RPT
Johannesburg
South Africa

http://www.lawsonic.co.za

Top
#651221 - 03/09/02 10:16 AM Re: cleaning the strings
piqué Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/15/01
Posts: 5484
so it would not be a good idea to use a cleaner or solvent, like windex on a cloth, or alcohol? just concerned that steel wool and abrasive pads leave filings/dust behind.
_________________________
piqué

now in paperback:


Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey

Top
#651222 - 03/09/02 12:22 PM Re: cleaning the strings
SamLewisPiano.com Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/19/01
Posts: 635
Loc: WHITE BLUFF (Nashville area) T...
The residue from steel wool or pads can be blown out or vacuumed. I would not be comfortable with any liquids on the strings, especially the bass strings.....Sam
_________________________
Since 1975; Full-time piano tuner/tech in Nashville;
Lacquer and polyester specialist.

www.SamLewisPiano.com

Top
#651223 - 03/09/02 09:12 PM Re: cleaning the strings
.rvaga* Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/14/02
Posts: 2046
Loc: Portland, Oregon
pique:

Here's some handy advice: Don't use any type of cleaner on the bass strings!!!! Take it from someone who turned copper strings into beautiful, like-new beauty and at the same time ruined them. Anything you do that causes ANYTHING to work between the coils will kill the string (including steel wool, which will cause the fine pulverized powdered verdigris (if that's what it's called) to settle between the coils. Once this happens, you're in big trouble. My advice with copper wound strings -- leave them alone. If they're dull and tarnished, replace the light bulb in your room with lower wattage.

The steel strings can be cleaned. There is a special cleaner that is like an ink eraser with a handle. Works great, and is made for the job. Steel wool is OK, but take it easy. Steel against steel can scratch. It's best to use something softer than steel, so that only the gunk (tarnish / oxidation) is removed, with no possibility of any effect on the steel.

I'm sure there are other opinions on this, but my opinion is that tarnished strings are not broken -- and one should not try to fix something not broke.

Top
#651224 - 03/10/02 09:41 AM Re: cleaning the strings
SamLewisPiano.com Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/19/01
Posts: 635
Loc: WHITE BLUFF (Nashville area) T...
Respectfully disagree with Rvaga about the bass strings (except: no liquids). Cleaning is widely done with steel wool or abrasive pads and has been for years. I usually see pianos I service long after the original service date, and have never had this result on bass strings......Sam
_________________________
Since 1975; Full-time piano tuner/tech in Nashville;
Lacquer and polyester specialist.

www.SamLewisPiano.com

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
Shop our Store for Music Lovers!
PianoSupplies.com is Piano World's Online Store
Please visit our store today.
circle of 5ths coaster
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Hal Leonard Teacher VIP
Hal Leonard Teacher VIP Your Source for Piano Music
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Anyone know of good piano Summer camps in England?
by Pover
04/21/15 06:54 AM
Might have to switch from PC to Apple
by Keith D Kerman
04/21/15 06:33 AM
Websites with digital sheet music
by peterpianist85
04/21/15 05:43 AM
Some Interesting Students this Week.....
by pianoman9
04/21/15 05:16 AM
The Piano Teaching Legacy of Solomon Mikowsky
by Molto lombardo
04/21/15 03:36 AM
What's Hot!!
Trade Regrets: Gary Trafton - Piano Rep
--------------------
Historic Piano Documents
--------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Forum Stats
78,968 Registered Members
44 Forums
163,399 Topics
2,398,116 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission